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Is NetApp FAS & V-Series certified with vSphere ESX4?


Customer request as mandatory requirement of competitive bid.

The SAN has to be certified to work with VMWare ESX4 (vSphere) and take full advantage of all of its new features. Ex:

  • vStorage VMFS Volume Grow
  • Hot Extend for Virtual Disks
  • Storage Stack Performance and Scalability
  • Managing VMFS Volumes with Array-based LUN Snapshots

Re: Is NetApp FAS & V-Series certified with vSphere ESX4?


Hi Byermann,

Is NetApp certified, with vSphere ESX4.x, the answer is Yes. Firstly it's not realy a question where it's fas or v-sieries, both use Data ONTAP so no problems.

have a look at http://www.vmware.com/netapp for best practice guides on the VMware site or the NetApp technical library

In regards to the funcationalities that your  potential customer is looking for:

1.) Growth not the same lun, but you create a new lun and extend the required datastore.

Example Datastore 100g (Lun 100g) increate to Datastore 200g (Lun 100g + Lun 100g) on the fly

2.) Feature from vSphere, provided the disks have be created in a way to allow for expansion.

3.) Best Practice from NetApp for deployment with VMWare, could possibly get the best performance using NFS protocols

4.) Using SnapManager for VI, will provide this.

Hope this helps Good Luck.

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